Nature activities

The festival takes the themes and ideas explored by its authors and transforms them into a real-life, hands-on experience of the natural world.

Boldshaves Garden provides sanctuary for an extraordinary array of plants, animals and insects. Located in a beautiful corner of the Weald of Kent, it is a haven for any nature-lover. Spilling out into the surrounding woodland and farmland, the possibilities for exploration, discovery and enchantment are endless.

Jun
30
Sat
The Lost Words Spellathon
Jun 30 all-day

 

The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.
By kind permission of the author and illustrator, look out for the “spellathon” we will be running over the course of the weekend in the woods and gardens.
Seedlings Forest School
Jun 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Seedlings Forest School @ The Weald Den

Emma will be running a Seedlings session in the woods for anyone aged 0-5, and their older siblings and parents can come and join in too! You will be taken on an adventure into the woods where your little ones can create some natural art and learn how to brew a cup of tea for everyone at the campfire.

Please book one ticket per family – limited spaces available.

Badger Bushcraft
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Badger Bushcraft

We are delighted to have Badger Bushcraft with us again at this year’s festival.  Phil has an infectious passion for all aspects of bushcraft and country living combined with an exceptionally professional attitude, a host of relevant qualifications, years of experience and tremendous enthusiasm.  He will be running various bushcraft events throughout the weekend including interactive displays and drop-in workshops – drop by his stall to find out more.

Kate Linforth – Pattern making workshops
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kate will host a series of workshops where participants are invited to create their own patterns.  Kate’s inclusive approach to making work enables all abilities to create beautiful designs inspired by the surroundings.

Children under 14 free of charge. Limited availability.

Rural Courses Foraging Expedition
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rural Courses Foraging Expedition @ Stall Holders

Michael offers a unique opportunity for people to learn a wide range of authentic rural skills and will be leading mini-foraging expeditions over the weekend.  Check out his stall for more information.

Woodland foraging expeditions will be taking place at allotted times during the day. For more information and to book your place, head over to the Rural Courses stall, or book online here.

Free for children under 14. Limited availability.

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…

Nature Trails
Jun 30 @ 11:45 am – 6:30 pm
Nature Trails @ Boldshaves

Please feel free to enjoy the woods, garden and fields surrounding Boldshaves.  All trails begin from below The Weald Den.  Just follow the markers or feel free to ramble at your will.

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jun 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…

Kate Linforth – Pattern making workshop
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Kate will host a series of workshops where participants are invited to create their own patterns.  Kate’s inclusive approach to making work enables all abilities to create beautiful designs inspired by the surroundings.

Children under 14 free of charge. Limited availability.

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jun 30 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…

Kate Linforth – Pattern making workshop
Jun 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Kate will host a series of workshops where participants are invited to create their own patterns.  Kate’s inclusive approach to making work enables all abilities to create beautiful designs inspired by the surroundings.

Children under 14 free of charge. Limited availability.

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jun 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…

Campfire Feast
Jun 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

For the first time this year, we are offering an evening campfire feast. Michael White – local woodsman, forager, wild food chef – sources many of his ingredients from within a stone’s throw of the Festival site. As the sun sets at Boldshaves Garden, join Michael for a simple, yet sumptuous lamb and nettle tagine cooked over an open fire. Grab a bowl, find your spot by the fire and enjoy open-air dining Kentish style. Vegetarian option also available.

Adults – £12

Children – £7

Prices exclude drinks (but include marshmallows). A selection of local wines, beers, ciders and juices will be available.

Limited spaces available. Book your place via the box office.

Jul
1
Sun
The Lost Words Spellathon
Jul 1 all-day

 

The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.
By kind permission of the author and illustrator, look out for the “spellathon” we will be running over the course of the weekend in the woods and gardens.
Mark Cocker Wildlife Safari
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join the celebrated naturalist, Mark Cocker, on a captivating tour of the wildlife of Boldshaves Garden.

Limited availability.

Badger Bushcraft
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Badger Bushcraft

We are delighted to have Badger Bushcraft with us again at this year’s festival.  Phil has an infectious passion for all aspects of bushcraft and country living combined with an exceptionally professional attitude, a host of relevant qualifications, years of experience and tremendous enthusiasm.  He will be running various bushcraft events throughout the weekend including interactive displays and drop-in workshops – drop by his stall to find out more.

Kate Linforth – Pattern making workshop
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kate will host a series of workshops where participants are invited to create their own patterns.  Kate’s inclusive approach to making work enables all abilities to create beautiful designs inspired by the surroundings.

Children under 14 free of charge. Limited availability.

Rural Courses Foraging Expedition
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Rural Courses Foraging Expedition @ Stall Holders

Michael offers a unique opportunity for people to learn a wide range of authentic rural skills and will be leading mini-foraging expeditions over the weekend.  Check out his stall for more information.

Woodland foraging expeditions will be taking place at allotted times during the day. For more information and to book your place, head over to the Rural Courses stall, or book online here.

Free for children under 14. Limited availability.

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jul 1 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…

Writing Workshop: Deep Observation
Jul 1 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Sonia Overall is a poet, novelist and psychogeographer. Her chapbook The Art of Walking explores movement, place and the relationship between self and setting. She teaches Creative Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University and the Open University.

Using journaling techniques, movement and place-based writing, this workshop will help you to focus and articulate your observations of the natural world. Working in the varied environments of the festival site, we will use immersive writing exercises to sharpen up our sensory writing and start thinking more creatively about place. Suitable for all levels. Limited availability.

Kate Linforth – Pattern making workshop
Jul 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Kate will host a series of workshops where participants are invited to create their own patterns.  Kate’s inclusive approach to making work enables all abilities to create beautiful designs inspired by the surroundings.

Children under 14 free of charge. Limited availability.

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jul 1 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…

Rural Courses Foraging Expedition
Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Rural Courses Foraging Expedition @ Stall Holders

Michael offers a unique opportunity for people to learn a wide range of authentic rural skills and will be leading mini-foraging expeditions over the weekend.  Check out his stall for more information.

Woodland foraging expeditions will be taking place at allotted times during the day. For more information and to book your place, head over to the Rural Courses stall, or book online here.

Free for children under 14.

Kate Linforth – Pattern making workshop
Jul 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Kate will host a series of workshops where participants are invited to create their own patterns.  Kate’s inclusive approach to making work enables all abilities to create beautiful designs inspired by the surroundings.

Children under 14 free of charge. Limited availability.

Woodland fairytale adventure
Jul 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come and join this secret fairytale adventure into the woods and discover some fairy magic at Boldshaves… Suitable for ages 3+.

Various adventures will be going on throughout the weekend, so head over to the Wondrous Adventures stall to find out more…